tv The Papers BBC News March 19, 2019 10:40pm-11:01pm GMT
this is bbc news, i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00pm: fears of at least 1,000 dead in mozambique after cyclone idai hits the country, leaving a 30—mile hello and welcome to our look ahead stretch of land under water. to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are broadcaster david davies and jessica elgot, the chief political correspondent for the guardian many of tomorrow's translation: i still haven't found front pages are already in. where my daughter was buried in the debris. there was no furniture, no the guardian carries a striking picture clothes, only rubble and stones. of the devastation caused by cyclone idai in southern theresa may will tomorrow write africa, as the search to the european commission president to lay out the government's plan for survivors continues. for delaying brexit. the metro leads on a letter that but an impatient brussels wants theresa may will send to the eu on wednesday, formally asking for a concrete strategy. brexit to be postponed. extended uncertainty without a clear the prime minister's appeal to brussels, asking for a brexit delay, plan would add to the economic cost is also on the front page of the i. but the financial times says the eu for our businesses, is warning there's n0 guarantee of an extension, beyond the set departure date of march 29th.
the telegraph reports on fractures in theresa may's cabinet, with eurosceptic ministers threatening to quit if there's a long delay to brexit. and finally, the daily mail bemoans, what it calls, 1000 wasted days , as it tallies up the number of days since britain voted to leave the eu. so, brexit dominating most of the front pages — lets see what our reviewers make of it all. but let us start, i think with the guardian coming into this devastating cyclone in southern africa. race to find survivors after deadly cyclone, and picture which i think it gives you some sense of how awful it is, but only a brief sense. david, i know you've been to this pa rt david, i know you've been to this part of the world, i mean the official death toll in mozambique is 84, but the president has said that more than 1000 people might‘ve been killed. i think it's almost impossible, you know, for most of us, even i suspect
those people who sadly have experienced terrible floods in this country, to imagine the sheer extent of what is going on in that part of africa, i was in malawi in 2005, it's one of the poorest nations on the planet, goodness knows how they are dealing with it, because most of the attention, in the pictures that are coming out to now, have been from mozambique and from zimbabwe. the irony for someone like me is one of my close friends helped to set up irrigation in that part of malawi, and a very large farm, but i mean these are terrible things that, the very fa ct these are terrible things that, the very fact that the land in this part of the world is extraordinary, and asi of the world is extraordinary, and as i say, ijust, i hope that what we're hearing is not as bad as it sounds, but i fear it is and
probably worse. it does sound like it is, i mean the storm could be one of the worse weather—related disasters, 100 killed, and the toll is expected to rise in the coming days, we are hearing about people clinging alive on the tops of trees. yeah, it's the details that are coming out of the story that are really extraordinary and heartbreaking. a parent leader have been people on the top of the roof, clinging there for more than 48 hours. it says that it's one of the fourth largest cities in mozambique, home to have a million people, has effectively been reduced to an island, and the ocean is completely cut off from the rest of the country by floodwaters. how do you even begin to start rescuing people, and dealing with the devastation that has caused two crops and two buildings, effectively an entire city of half a million people has been cut off, it's unbelievable. yeah, no, absolutely. ithink perhaps a reminder to all of us that there is life beyond brexit, isn't there? just awful. look, let's have
let us turn to brexit, there are angles from different from pages, depending of which paper you're reading. let's start with the daily telegraph, a striking quote on the frontjessica, this telegraph, a striking quote on the front jessica, this used telegraph, a striking quote on the frontjessica, this used to be the cabinet that would deliver brexit, 110w cabinet that would deliver brexit, now it's not. a picture of audrey, she was supposed to say this was and she? she certainly did, and i think there was sort of pure fury from angela today in the cabinet meeting, by all accounts are quite testy cabinet meeting. particular anger coming from liam fox and the international trade secretary and the transport secretary who were all, brexiters, but perhaps a bit quieter than we might expect or other brexiters like penny morden or steve barkley, the brexit secretary, people who have a job delete back object, but keep their cards close to chest. some of these brexiters are meeting again over the sort of coming hours, and tomorrow to sort of try and put their case again to the prime minister, i think andrea
feels very strongly that mps should have a chance to vote on the brexit deal again before there's a decision oi'i deal again before there's a decision on whether to have a long delay to brexit. we know that the prime minister has got to go make that request of the european council on thursday, so not very much time to decide that. the understanding is that theresa may is writing this letter to the eu asking for this extension, and that is what these brexiters in the cabinet are asking for delay or an extension, any which way you look at it. i was very struck today by one of your colleagues in the lobby, a very senior political observer who said, this is one of the greatest failures of our parliamentary system that any of our parliamentary system that any of us have witnessed, and even some of us have witnessed, and even some of us have witnessed, and even some of us old birds who have seen a bit of us old birds who have seen a bit of this over the years. cannot think of this over the years. cannot think ofa of this over the years. cannot think of a biggerfailure of this over the years. cannot think of a bigger failure than this. so what's the failure david? where, where do you start? basically, i mean who is successful in this? who has, who is coming out of this with any credit? are the
hard—line brexiters, are the softer brexiters? are the remainders? you know? is the dup, is the prime minister, who is coming out of this with any credit? i have said it in this, on this programme before, two yea rs this, on this programme before, two years ago, 1000 days, the daily mail on its front page talks, 1000 days wasted, who has over those 1000 days tried to bring people of this country together? who has tried, i don't know has anybody are you aware of this i think one of the problems about trying to build a consensus in politics you have two party leaders that comes naturally to them. both jeremy corbyn and theresa may are kind of deeply entrenched in their tribal party structures, theresa may is stuffing envelopes for the tory party, you can hear it on the floor oi'i party, you can hear it on the floor on pmq about how much they are very much you know beasts of their own
parties. and actually what the situation requires his people to be able to work across party lines, find consensus, particularly beyond parliament, and children something ina way parliament, and children something in a way that does not isolate 50% of the population. you know, at the moment, political leaders, we have just my clinical leaders who that is not very, it's not natural for the characters. if you don't get it, our political system is broken now, you'll never get it. that's what some of us believe. it is quite, it was only a few months ago that people were actually saying, if they didn't agree with what theresa may was doing, they had some simply for our so doing, they had some simply for our so you met her. and now that something seems to have completely evaporated, even within her own cabinet. david, i can almost see the smoke coming out of your ears. let's talk about the ft, because they're looking at this from the other side if you like, from the brussels side, so as if you like, from the brussels side, so asi if you like, from the brussels side, so as i say we understand theresa may is going to write to brussels tomorrow, asking for an extension, we don't know what's going to be in
this letter, but the question of course, yes, the question is, will she get her extension? a short or long one? that's the question i'd ask. give us a sense of what the ft is saying. you will make the ft, this is brussel‘s reaction. you will make the ft, this is brussel's reaction. are we still looking, is our country still looking, is our country still looking for divisions among the other 27? we have been looking for those divisions to emerge, everybody assumed they would over the past two yea rs, assumed they would over the past two years, and whatever the rights and wrongs, if anybody is coming out of all of with credit, some degree of credit, some of us might argue that the way that the 27 have been perceived to stick together has been quite remarkable over the years. interestingly david, there is some talk that there is division over whether a long or short extension should be granted. of course, and those who have always forecasted that its europe, it will be the last few minutes of, at 1130
on the last day, who knows what will happen next week. but is our government in control of this? i very much doubt that. so would you agreejessica, that very much doubt that. so would you agree jessica, that the very much doubt that. so would you agreejessica, that the ft headline, brussels take hardline on brexit delay, is that your view, are they going to, they will not want to no deal will they? i think that's right, i think it's unlikely that brussels will completely deny us any form of extension, i spoke to the un ambassadorjust form of extension, i spoke to the un ambassador just last week, form of extension, i spoke to the un ambassadorjust last week, and he said we would be absolutely delighted to grant a sort of short technical extension if that meant getting brexit over the line, we just want, we just want this over with. i think of any of your decisions want to see the frustration from the eu 27, they should look at a speech that was given by one of the german ministers, michael roth, a bit earlier, who is essentially saying that we are completely exhausted with us. and he just sort of spoken to the camera and said please, please, deliver on this, please the
clock is ticking. i think you know he speaks, he's being nice. equally on the other side you could argue that the europeans don't want the european parliament elections dominated by brexit, they've got a lot of other issues they want to focus on, haven't they? so you, if you were unfortunate enough to be sitting inside number ten tonight, you would be saying, perhaps, just perhaps suddenly this great olive branch will come next week to help her over the line. now, i because i'm a natural optimist, when i'm not following football teams, in life, i am, when i'm not following football teams, in life, iam, i can when i'm not following football teams, in life, i am, i can see it happening, because yes, it's absolutely right. they do not want no deal. they want a deal of some sort or another, and in everybody‘s interest. but were told that as of monday, as of monday, all the preparations for no deal will go a
step ahead. both on our side of the channel, and the other side. and jessica, we heard michelle barney is saying today that if there was going to bea saying today that if there was going to be a longer extension, there needs to be a good reason for it, can you see the eu attaching conditions to a longer extension?” think, i'm not sure ifi conditions to a longer extension?” think, i'm not sure if i can see them attaching material conditions, perhaps they might, but theresa may is going to have to make a strong case in her letter to donald tusk, and the council which is happening oi'i and the council which is happening on brussels on thursday and friday about why this extension is required, and exactly what form they wanted to take. isn't the kind of extension that has a break clause, so extension that has a break clause, so let's try and negotiate in nine months, but if we manage to pass this deal, perhaps we can leave quicker than that. do you have to give a specific reason, like an election, like a second referendum, we understand probably that week that we will have these indicative votes were that we will have these indicative votes we re various that we will have these indicative votes were various options are going to be put to mp5 to see if any of them command some sort of
parliamentary majority whether that's a soft brexit, whether that's a referendum, and i think one ofa few cabinet members who hope that theresa may still can pass, the thinking is that they hope none of those things have actually got majority either, and that might cause people to look up the prime ministers deal. interesting, let's turn to the eye way back we are in crisis with theresa may as she seeks brexit delay. i know david, you were caught by a little line on the bottom, which is written by the deputy editor of the spectator magazine, katie, why the chief whip could now lash out at the prime minister, so tell me why. well the question of the relationship, putting aside this prime minister and this chief whip, over the years, the relationship between the prime minister of the day and the chief whip has been absolutely fundamental to the future of the government, when, and when you see this article by katie
bowles, the way the government is facing the most important commons vote in 40 years, assuming it happens next year, but now we are told that the point has been reached when the whip's office has turned against downing street, over its handling of government business since last week. and where does that and up? possibly, there was evidently a meeting of the 1922 committee with the whip's office and the chief whip at 6pm tomorrow, i assume that is wednesday, is it? thursday. thursday. and they could decide after their discussion to put their grey suits and march over to downing street and tell the prime minister that she must promise to stand down to get her brexit deal through. so jessica, probably with you quickly reminding us with the chief whip does, and does all this ring true to you? you have a chief
whip is basically the prime minister's minister who she designates being responsible for party discipline. do remember that? it used to be a thing that parties we re it used to be a thing that parties were disciplined, and listen to what the prime ministers have to say, but i think we are in such extreme area times here, that really what has happened is there's been a total breakdown of discipline. the whip's office has pretty much lost control over most mps, and you can see why that downing street feels like it has to take closer more unilateral decisions, you know theresa may, by all accounts as a prime minister, historically has one of the smallest inner circles ever, includes two or three people. and you know, the point of the whip's office is, what cana whip point of the whip's office is, what can a whip actually do to make sure than mp votes the way they're supposed to? they can send them a sort of stern letter, or they can promise them that they're never going to get promotion, but most mps probably correctly think that oh, this prime minister is not going to be around that long, so there is a buy don't get promotion in this government?
you would know this better than i would, who is, you say 2—3 people, who is advising this prime minister, other than her husband at the moment? i think there are, there are assertive to close advisers in downing street to think she still consults with, i think she still pretty close to her, you know her chief of staff, but her inner circle has shrunk us considerably since, notjust since the election, but it was pretty small street after the election, and it's got even smaller i'iow. election, and it's got even smaller now. we must leave it there for now, because that is it. don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online on the bbc news website. it's all there for you — 7 days a week at bbc dot co uk forward slash papers — and if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it later on bbc iplayer thank you david davies andjessica elgot , we'll be back for a longer look at the papers in the next hour.
soi so i hope you canjoin us for hello. we are now into a spell of more settled weather for much of the uk. one notable exception, though, as we go through the rest of the week. but for much of the uk, it's an area of milder — even warmer — air moving in. but the colours here represent the warmth and not the sunshine. there's going to be a good deal of cloud the next few days. this is a picture from tuesday. so, rather cloudy skies continuing. but despite the cloud, most places will be dry. a similar sort of picture overnight. there will be a bit of patchy rain at times affecting parts of scotland, northern ireland, northern england. most other places will be dry. it's rather misty and murky around some western coasts and the hills. and the temperatures are staying up. no frost overnight. in fact, some spots into double figures as wednesday begins. and that, of course, starts with plenty of cloud. despite the cloud, most places are dry, though we are going to see some outbreaks of rain running through western and northern scotland as we go through the day. and there will be some sunny spells breaking through the cloud,
more especially if you're to the east of high ground, northeast wales, northeast england, northeast scotland. you can see the colours representing the temperatures. hail down where we have some of the thickest cloud but where you perhaps get to see a bit of that sunshine and prolonged sunny spells, could lift temperatures towards the high teens. cloud or sunshine, though. it is a milder day for the spring equinox. so things are warming up just about at the right time. stays mild for most on thursday with a good deal of cloud around, but i suggested that exception earlier, and that really is towards northwest scotland. a spell of persistent, heavy rain setting in on thursday that will last into early friday as well. and the rain totals will certainly mount, particularly into the northwest highlands, close to this weather front and close to a deepening area of low—pressure which will turn things windier with the rain here on friday. breezier elsewhere across the uk. and eventually, this weather front was going to move its way southwards. so, on friday, through scotland, through northern ireland, into northern england and into parts of wales.
south and east of that will hold onto a good deal of cloud, but mainly dry and mild weather. behind it, it'll brighten up with a few showers but it will be turning cooler. that weather front does push on through into the weekend. it will actually be sunnier for many of us for a time. it will be cooler. there'll be some showers at times, though, and a wintry major to those across parts of scotland and perhaps northern ireland, too. that's your forecast.